Dedicated to Our Lady
Most Holy, Immaculate Virgin and my Mother Mary! To thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the Advocate, the Hope, and the Refuge of sinners, I have recourse today, I who am the most miserable of all.
I render thee my most humble homage, O great Queen, and I thank thee for all the graces thou hast conferred on me until now, especially for having delivered me from Hell, which I have so often deserved. I love thee, O most amiable Lady; and for the love which I bear thee, I promise to serve thee always and to do all in my power to make others love thee also. I place in thee all my hopes; I confide my salvation to thy care.
Accept me for thy servant and receive me under thy mantle, O Mother of Mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations; or rather, obtain for me the strength to triumph over them until death. Of thee I ask a perfect love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a good death. O my Mother, by the love which thou bearest to God, I beseech thee to help me at all times, but especially at the last moment of my life. Leave me not, I beseech thee, until thou see me safe in Heaven, blessing thee and singing thy mercies for all eternity. Amen. Thus, I hope. Thus, may it be.
~St. Alphonsus Ligouri, “The Glories of Mary”
Mark Your Calendar
- May 7: First Communion / Exhibition Basketball Game
- May 13: New Novice / IHM Band Spring Concert
- May 15: May Procession
- May 26: Ascension Thursday
SUNDAY, MAY 1ST – 2ND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted Son.
MONDAY, MAY 2ND – Saint Athanasius refused to tolerate the Arian heresy and suffered many trials and persecutions as a result. He spent many years of his episcopate in exile. He is a Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Feastday of Sister Mary Athanasius, MICM.
TUESDAY, MAY 3RD – Finding of the True Cross. In the year 326, Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, found the cross on which the Saviour died. The miraculous cure of a woman authenticated the sacred relic.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH – Saint Monica illustrates the fruits of persevering prayer. She prayed and suffered for the salvation of her son, Saint Augustine, for eighteen long years. This proves how difficult it is to win back to God a soul that has let itself go freely into sin.
THURSDAY, MAY 5TH – Pope Saint Pius V organized a formidable alliance between Venice and Spain against the the threat of the Ottoman Turks, which culminated in the Battle of Lepanto. This triumph over the Turks, and the day of victory was declared the feast day of Our Lady of Victory to recognize Our Lady’s powerful intercession through the Rosary.
FRIDAY, MAY 6TH – Saint John before the Latin Gate commemorates when, at the age of 83, Saint John the Apostle was brought to Rome and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. He was miraculously unharmed. In fear, the Romans exiled him to the Island of Patmos. First Friday.
SATURDAY, MAY 7TH – Saint Stanislaus of Cracow, the Bishop of Cracow, incurred the enmity of King Boleslaus the Bold by denouncing his cruelties and injustices and excommunicating him. The king killed the Bishop while he was saying Mass. First Saturday in May! First Holy Communion Day Mass at 9:00 a.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 8TH – 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Our Lady of Pompeii. Miracles and favors have taken place through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii. Mother’s Day! Have your mother or any mother figures in your life included in the Mother’s Day Masses! Fill out the form here.
TUESDAY, MAY 10TH – Saint Damien of Molokai spent 16 years of his life serving those exiled to its infamous leper colony. Let us pray to him for the courage to make such great sacrifices in order that souls may be saved!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH – Saints Philip and James, Apostles. As in the case of the other apostles, we see in Philip and James simple men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving.
THURSDAY, MAY 12TH – Blessed Imelda entered the Dominican convent at the age of nine. On the feast of the Ascension, when she was eleven years old, the sacred Host miraculously hovered above her head until the priest gave it to Imelda. She died immediately in raptures of love and is the patroness of a fervent communion. Feastday of Sister Mary Imelda, MICM.
FRIDAY, MAY 13TH – Our Lady of Fatima’s message that men “must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins,” and that they “offend the Lord God no more, for He is already much offended,” is meant for all of us. By praying the daily Rosary, offering up prayers and sacrifices demanded by their daily duty, everyone can help restore the temporal order in Christ. Postulant Marie Cote will be accepted as a Novice with the Sisters MICM at 8:30 a.m. Mass. Join us for the IHM Band Spring Concert at 7 p.m. this evening in MacIsaac Hall.
SUNDAY, MAY 15TH – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint John Baptiste de la Salle. Join us today for the May Procession in honor of Our Lady beginning after 11:00 a.m. Mass. Five statues will be crowned along the route, each followed by a decade of the Rosary. The procession will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the front lawn of the convent. Bring your favorite dish or dessert for the potluck picnic following!
MONDAY, MAY 16TH – Saint Simon Stock received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady with these words: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.”
THURSDAY, MAY 19TH – Pope Saint Peter Celestine V was an 84 year-old hermit when he was elected Pope. He was kind and simple and many took advantage of him, so he resigned his position after serving for only five short months.
SUNDAY, MAY 22ND – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Rita of Cascia is the patron of desperate cases and situations. A wife, mother, widow, and nun; she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled and never lost her faith in God.
TUESDAY, MAY 24TH – Our Lady Help of Christians was the great devotion of Saint John Bosco who once told a fellow Salesian, “Our Lady wants us to honor her with the title of Mary, Help of Christians. The times are so sad that we need the Holy Virgin to help us preserve and defend the Christian faith.”
THURSDAY, MAY 26TH – ASCENSION THURSDAY. The fullness of Christ’s Resurrection is celebrated in the Ascension. Having completed His mission in this world as the Savior, He returned to the Father in Heaven Who sent Him into the world. In ascending to the Father, He raises earth to Heaven with Him! Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 7:00, 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 29TH – SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION. Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi.
MONDAY, MAY 30TH – Saint Joan of Arc. The life of the Maid of Orleans is proof that all things are possible with God! Visit our shop and check out our new Saint Joan of Arc Banner Scarf!
TUESDAY, MAY 31ST – Queenship of Mary. In his encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.
A special note of gratitude to all those who donated for the Easter flowers for Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel! The altar was truly glorious for the holy days of Easter! God bless you!
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